A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831


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FONTMELL (MAGNA), a parish in that part of the hundred of SIXPENNY-HANDLEY which is in the Shaston (West) division of the county of DORSET, 4 miles (S.) from Shaftesbury, coutaining, with the tything of Hartgrove, 733 inhabitants.

The living is a vicarage with the curacy of West Orchard, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 7. 10.: the prebend, or rectory, to which the vicarage is united, is rated at 18. Mrs. Salkeld was patroness in 1819. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is chiefly in the later English style. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists.

Volume 2, page 191

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